By Dania Bilal
With a pragmatic, systematic method, this advisor covers the actions thinking about automating media centres and small libraries. It combines uncomplicated motives of the foundations of automation with field-tested actions that supply readers possibilities for box adventure. the writer compares quite a few library features in the computerized and unautomated environments. She describes procedure choice and implementation intimately, identifies the issues that end-users come across in gaining access to OPACs, bargains leading edge ideas to difficulties to be solved in destiny OPACs, and recommends actions for hands-on event. guidance for wishes checks and capabilities research, education of a Request for suggestion (RFP), barcoding, web site training, and database upkeep are incorporated. the writer additionally discusses the function of the media professional, various desktops and their gains, LAN topologies and architectures, quite a few elements of a US MARC/MicroLIF Protocol checklist, OPACs in our on-line world, the position of Z39.50 commonplace, and more.
Intended as a textual content for graduate scholars in automation sessions and for educators who train library automation, this e-book must also function a consultant for practitioners who're inquisitive about automation tasks.
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Additional resources for Automating media centers and small libraries: a microcomputer-based approach
S. S. MARC/MicroLIF Protocol Record, 101 Leader, 101 Fixed Field (Tag 008), 103 Variable Fields, 104 Page x Chapter 5, Preparing the Collection (continued) Local Field (Tag 900), 104 Tags, 104 Indicators, 106 Subfield Codes, 107 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Revised Edition (AACR2R), 108 International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD), 108 Barcoding the Collection, 108 Barcodes, 109 Type of Barcodes: Smart and Dumb, 109 Acquiring Barcodes, 110 Generating Barcodes In-House, 110 Procedures for Barcoding the Collection, 111 Protecting Barcodes, 111 Placing Barcodes on Print Materials, 111 Barcoding Electronic Materials, 112 Summary, 112 References, 113 Activity: Cost Analysis for Recon, 114 Chapter 6, Implementing the Automated System 115 Site Preparation, 115 Selection and Placement of Hardware, 115 Computer Stations, 115 Printers, 116 Selection of Furniture, 116 Installation and Testing, 116 Building the Database of Patron Records, 117 Security, 117 OPAC and User Instruction, 119 Database Management, 119 Why Maintain the Database?
During the last four years I have taught automation for media specialists in the instructional program at Valdosta State University. To do this, I had to gather information from many sources and design activities and projects to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to carry out an automation project. No single source of appropriate information and activities was available. In 1992, when I started to teach the subject, I relied on Catherine Murphy's Automating School Library Catalogs: A Reader (1992), which I supplemented with other materials.
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